About Berwick United Church Camp
Berwick Camp beacons you to join in a community of faith and love, housed under a canopy of hemlocks.
This wonderfully unique encampment dates back to 1872, and was shaped by Methodist church, under the leadership of E.C. Foster. After Union in 1925, the United Church of Canada took over and continues to operate the camp.
As you enter through the tall white wooden gates, you enter a magical place. A community nestled amoungst the hemlocks. Breathe deeply and smell the aroma of hemlocks and pine needles, as you enter one of the oldest hemlock groves in eastern North America. The majestic beauty of the trees, some hundreds of years old, tower above you as you worship and play for the duration of camp.
The grounds have a variety of accommodation options available. There are rustic cottages, dormitory accommodations, and campsites.
Mind & Spirit
Whatever your style of worship we have something to meet your spiritual needs.
Enjoy the peacefulness of the early morning and as you stop by the Morningside worship.
Join in the thought provoking Theology for Today each weekday morning.
Sunday services and daily evening worship are lead by our guest preacher as campers gather together to worship outdoors under the hemlocks (there is also a covered pavilion in case of rain!)
Music has always been an integral part of worship at Berwick. Whether it is the evening sing songs, the talented choir singing during daily worship, or the rousing voices of the children and youth, music touches the hearts of many here at camp.
Spend some time at our labyrinth, in peaceful contemplation.
Read a book … engage in discussion with others in our Book club.
Food & Friendship
Enjoy a coffee and chat with neighbours, and friends, new and old. Drop by the UCW cookie cottage. It is one of the most popular stops at camp. Rumour has it that in our 10 day camp, Berwick campers go through 500 dozen cookies!! Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in great company.
Gather with other campers for meals in our community dining hall (built back in 1912!). Three meals are offered daily. All are welcome to enjoy a variety of delicious meals served up by our talented kitchen staff, and assisted by dedicated volunteers. The meals are served by our teenage campers, who are always there to greet you with a smile.
Just wanting a quick bite to eat? Stop by Wendall’s canteen and grab a burger, hotdog, or homemade soup… and don’t forget to check out the sweet “Treat of the Day” … it is not to be missed!
And following each evening service, make a beeline for the ice cream line up! A great place to catch up with fellow campers as you wait in line for the best deal on ice cream ever!
Youth Programming & Recreation (for all!)
Our children and youth are offered wonderful programming throughout the week. Daily Vacation Bible School is held each morning offering lots of fun for children from age 4 to grade 5. Youth programming is offered to those in grade 6, up through high school. Combine that with some friendly competition in horseshoes, basketball and volleyball. Scavenger hunts, themed parties and musicals. Jumping in puddles, swinging on swings… Well…. the fun never ends.
Nestled in the middle of the lovely valley town of Berwick, you are never far from anything you would need. Conveniences such as an ATM, Tim Horton’s, fresh pizza, a pharmacy, a bakery and grocery stores are within a mile of the gates. There are also many wonderful farm markets in the town and surrounding area.
The Berwick Experience
All of this describes what we have to offer at Berwick…. But what makes it so very special to all who spend time under the hemlocks? Friendships that last a lifetime. Laughter. Hugs. Memories created and treasured through generations of returning campers. Peacefulness. A haven for rejuvenation and renewal. Intergenerational activities that unite old and young alike. What are you waiting for? Join in the experience. It may just be the best thing you’ve ever done!